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Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Updated on October 18, 2013

Pondicherry Ashram

The Sri Aurobindo Ashram was founded by Sri Aurobindo on the 24 November 1926 (Siddhi Day). At the time there were no more than 24 disciples in the Ashram [1]. In December of that year, Sri Aurobindo decided to withdraw from public view, and appointed his co-worker Mirra Alfassa, thenceforth known as The Mother in charge of the ashram.

Aurobindo Ashram
Aurobindo Ashram

Aurobindo Ashram at pondicherry

The Samadhi of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother are the most precious objects of worship by the millions.

The aroma of the incense and the flower pots with blooming flowers methodically arranged

The environment is ethereal and one bows down naturally to the great Rishi that Sri Aurobindo was.

The flower arrangement on the Samadhi will draw your attention instantly and gives a feeling of a world which is above the ordinary

The Guru - 21 January 1955

Sri Aurobindo and the Mother
Sri Aurobindo and the Mother

In an age like ours success alone counts and the material satisfactions it brings. However, an ever-increasing number of dissatisfied people are seeking to know the reason of life. And, on the other hand, there are sages who know and strive to help suffering humanity and to spread the light of knowledge. When the two meet, he who knows and he who wants to know, here springs up a new hope in the world, and a little light penetrates the prevailing darkness.

The western mind always finds it difficult to submit totally to a Guru and without total and unquestioning surrender to the Guru his help to you is paralysed. That is why generally I advise westerners to find the guidance and the Presence within them-selves; it is true that this process is very often open to uncertainty and self-deception, mistaking some voice of the ego in disguise for the Divine’s guidance. In both cases, it is only an absolute sincerity and an unmixed humility that can be your safeguard. With my blessings.

On Mother Birthday - 2011

On Mother Birthday
On Mother Birthday

Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo
Sri Aurobindo

The Mother - Childnood days

The Mother
The Mother

The Mother was born in Paris on 21 February 1878. Mirra, as the child was named, was the daughter of the banker Maurice Alfassa (born in Adrianople, Turkey, in 1843), and Mathilde Ismaloun (born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1857).

Maurice, his wife, and their son Matteo (born in Alexandria in 1876) emigrated from Egypt to France a year before Mirra's birth. Her early education was given at home. In 1893 she joined an art studio in Paris where she studied for several years.

Besides being an accomplished painter (some of her works were exhibited at the Paris Salon), the Mother was a talented musician and writer.

Till 8 years she lived here. The building was not extant.

The Divine Is with You

Never forget that you are not alone. The Divine is with you helping and guiding you. He is the companion who never fails, the friend whose love comforts and strengthens. Have faith and He will do everything for you.

Protection of the Gods - Luminous and clear-visioned.

Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea

Clusters of showy ovate predominantly yellow and golden bracts in groups of three or more that enfold tiny white to greenish white salverform flowers. A shrub, vine or small tree, usually armed with spines.

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only for the Divine

Work

only for the Divine

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only for the Divine

Where is the Ashram located?

Ashram in Pondicherry
Ashram in Pondicherry

The Ashram is located close to the Bay of Bengal in the eastern part of Pondicherry, a small city and a union territory of modern India. Pondicherry was a French colony until 1954, long after India attained its political freedom. It is located 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state and a major city of southern India.

The ashram houses the mortal remains of Aurobindo and the mother. A calmness envelopes as you enter the ashram and you can see followers offering their tribute to the flower decorated Samadhi / Mausoleum under the Frangipani tree. The garden maintained inside the ashram is subtle and neat.

Gate pass is needed to access the library and the main building, which can be obtained from the Ashram office or enquire at the book shop. Guests can stay at the ashram and strict rules need to be adhered to when living inside the ashram. You need to book earlier for staying in the ashram. The ashram is open to the public daily between 8 AM -12 PM and 2 PM - 6 PM. Children below 3 years of age are not allowed inside the ashram. Permission from the ashram authorities is needed to take photos inside the ashram.

The Significance of flowers

The Significance of flowers
The Significance of flowers

Sweet Mother, how do you give significance to a flower?

By entering into contact with it and giving a more or less precise meaning to what I feel by entering into contact with the nature of the flower, its inner truth; then one knows what it represents.

Source:www.blossomlikeaflower.com

Man’s Relationship with the Divine - “The Divine” and “Man”

Divine plan
Divine plan

For those who are afraid of a word:

This is what we mean by “Divine”: all the knowledge we have to acquire, all the power we have to obtain, all the love we have to become, all the perfection we have to achieve, all the harmonious and progressive poise we have to manifest in light and joy, all the new and unknown splendours that have to be realised.

The Divine is indeed what you expect of Him in your deepest aspiration.

The Divine is the perfection towards which we move. And if you like, I shall lead you to Him very willingly. Have confidence.

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      NAnand 6 years ago

      Nice lense. Having brought up in the Ashram I found your lense neat and apt.

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      akumar46 lm 6 years ago

      Nice lens on Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A good tribute to a great soul. Thanks.